Library assoc. launches award for teen books

NEW YORK (AP) -December 10, 2008

The prize is given for books that "illuminate the teen experience and enrich the lives of its readers through its excellence."

The nominees, announced this week: Elizabeth Bunce's (rhymes with once) "A Curse Dark as Gold"; Kristin Cashore's (ka-SHORE) "Graceling"; James Lecesne's "Absolute Brightness"; Christina Meldrum's (MEL-drum) "Madapple"; and Jenny Valentine's "Me, the Missing and the Dead."

The winner will be announced Jan. 26.

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